RIP Wishes to Another Technological Wonder?

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  1. dibbons

    dibbons FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    A patent was issued for the first FAX machine circa 1843. This morning I made a trip to the local copy center to send a FAX authorization to California for a copy of a birth certificate. They no longer offer FAX service. Drove down the street to an Office Max and struck out there too. Went home where I found we had a "newer" FAX/copy machine in storage for the past 10 years and sent off the three pages myself.

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  2. MileHighDart

    MileHighDart Well-Known Member

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    1843?
     
  3. dibbons

    dibbons FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Scottish inventor Alexander Bain was a smart individual back then.
     
  4. Ddaddy

    Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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    Using a FAX machine instead of scanning to make a PDF and emailing it is like using a dial-up modem instead of broadband.

    Welcome to the 21st Century.
     
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    • 89on35s

      89on35s Inferno Red Duster FABO Gold Member

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      Funny though 3 years ago when I imported my car from Texas to Saskatchewan any paperwork sent to the border could only be faxed. Scan to PDF was not accepted at that time. May be different now.

      Cley
       
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      • 1973Barracuda

        1973Barracuda Well-Known Member

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        Welcome to the US Government. Recently I needed to change my state residence for tax purposes. You guessed it, fax only. No scanning then email. No kidding. I was working in Afghanistan(still am), not a single fax machine where I work. So, I printed the form, filled it out, scanned it, emailed it to the states, had a girl fax it for me.

        Efficiency.
         
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        • pishta

          pishta I know I'm right....

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          Lots of loan docs had to be faxed until maybe recently..remember the fax transmittal fees when you bought your last mortgage? There are online fax services that will either fax your scan to them or take a fax and scan and email it to you. Fax.com comes to mind. We had a fax.com like customer at Cox Cable and it crashed our billing dept as the bill didn't have the proper format to list over 1 million calls in a month!
           
        • 67 gt

          67 gt A Wog boy who loves his Mopars ! FABO Gold Member

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          A lot of medical practitioners still use them even nursing homes. Machines now have email faxing where you can send a fax and it will come through the other end as an email . It depends on how they want there system set up.
           
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          YY1 Well-Known Member

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          I wish they'd die already.

          Clinging to 1980's tech.
           
        • 67Dart273

          67Dart273 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          There HAS to be a workaround. I "think" there's a way to send a FAX via internet.


          What annoys me nowadays is this shit where "everybody" expects all of "us" to have a "smartphone" and be able to run "apps." Recently our DMV got shamed into implementing a website sign in procedure for a completely annoying computerised "que" system which started out as an "app." So if you didn't have an 'app' you got to drive down there, take a look in the window, and decide "if you had a chance" then go in and see if you can get the computer to issue a paper ticket, and THEN sit there and watch the parade of people come in who had signed up "by app" BEFORE YOU
           
        • pishta

          pishta I know I'm right....

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          Trick at my DMV is to show up at 4:50, 10 min before closing and everyone is done with their biz for the day, you can almost walk up to a window. Worst time is early in the morn as everyone wants to get it done early. Remember the promise that the 'new' mag stripe on your license was supposed to allow you to take care of DMV business at kiosks at malls...BS! Smart phone app at the DMV is almost worth the cost of a phone plan. Log in, go to Starbucks and chill for 3 hours on FABO and get a text saying your up in 10 minutes.
           
        • Krooser

          Krooser Reform School Graduate

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          The modern "telecopier" was developed by the Xerox and the US Government to allow the OSS to transmit secret codes and messages during WWII without the enemy being able to intercept the transmissions...

          The group 1 standard took 6 minutes per page to transmit...group II was about 4 minutes. The group 3 and later machines were faster.

          I bought a group II machine in 1983 to transmit race resultes to our local and national news outlets at the speedway. The salesman gave me a short history lesson on it's modern day use.

          I just saw a British Enigma machine was sold at auction recently... more cool tech.
           
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